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Anson Tsang Wins 2018 WSOP Europe €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-Max Event

Hong Kong Resident Defeats Field of 187 Entries To Win His First Gold Bracelet


The seventh gold bracelet of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has been awarded. Anson Tsang came out on top of a field of 187 entrants in the €2,200 pot-limit Omaha eight-max event, capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of €91,730 ($105,489 USD). He now has lifetime live tournament earnings of $543,754.

In addition to the hardware and the money, Tsang also took home 336 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third final-table finish of the year, and with 952 total points, he currently sits in 433rd place in the overall POY standings.

Tsang got off to a strong start in this event, finishing day 1 as the overall chip leader. The Hong Kong native entered the eight-handed final table in second chip position behind Russia’s Ilya Bulychev. The two leaders traded bustouts early on at the final table, before Quan Zhou and Jason Grey scored knockouts of their own to close the gap somewhat on the two leaders.

Tsang then went on a tear, busting Zhou in fourth place ($32,315 USD) and Jason Gray in third place ($45,434 USD) to take enter heads-up play with just over 60 percent of the chips in play. He was able to stretch his lead over Bulychev to a 3.5-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand arose.

With blinds of 40,000-80,000 Tsang raised to 210,000 from the button with the KHeart Suit6Heart Suit3Heart Suit3Spade Suit. Bulychev made the call holding the AClub Suit7Club Suit5Club Suit2Club Suit. The flop came down 6Spade Suit4Heart Suit3Diamond Suit to give Bulychev the nut straight and Tsang a set. Bulychevchecked to Tsang, who bet 180,000. Bulychev check-raised the size of the pot and Tsang moved all-in from there. Bulychev called and the turn brought the AHeart Suit, giving Tsang a flush draw to go with his full house and quad outs. The river was the QHeart Suit, completing Tsang’s flush to secure him the pot and the title. Bulychev was sent home in second place, earning $65,186 USD for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Anson Tsang $105,489 336
2 Ilya Bulychev $65,186 280
3 Jason Gray $45,434 224
4 Quan Zhou $32,315 168
5 Ludvig Sterner $23,466 140
6 Hokyiu Lee $17,404 112
7 Gisle Olsen $13,189 84
8 Alexander Norden $10,219 56

Winner photo courtesy of WSOP.